I perused Run Street’s Slacker’s Guide Series briefly.
Briefly because I did not want to get too excited about running, which always happens, but never quite works out for me.
Of course, after reading just a few blog posts, I felt inspired to lace up my cross-trainers and hit the pavement.
(It helped that she looks amazing! I totally want runner muscles.)
After reading, I remembered an article I’d read on Women’s Health: Six Reasons to Start Running.
This is what I do. I find encouraging blogs and supporting articles that make me want to work out, and then try it (or never try it), decide it’s awful and quit!
Six Reasons to Start Running
Reason #1: I found this funny… “It’s so easy. True, some high-tech gear will make your run more fun, but really, all you need is a good pair of shoes and a supportive sports bra.” (Source)
When someone finds a supportive sports bra – for someone like me, not someone like the women in the Insanity workouts – let me know. My sports bra is ripping apart my skin and bruising me.
Reason #2: So easy… “Yet so hard. No other exercise matches running for its ability to soak that sports bra.” (Source)
Running blasts the most calories, and, when you’re counting calories, it’s nice to subtract once in a while. Like I needed more encouragement.
Reason #3: Running works out your heart.
But why more so than other workouts?
When you’re legs hit their stride, they squeeze blood toward the heart, which forces it to pump the blood back. The faster you run, the harder your heart works and the stronger it gets. (Source)
Check out this nifty little explanation of stride.
Apparently, it’s an entire move or something.
When my track-star-workout-buddy gets back from her honeymoon… Ashley R. is now Ashley T…. we are going to the track and “striding.” She likes to run; she’ll know what it is.
Reason #4: Running is good for your joints.
When you weigh less (by running for weight loss), you are at a less risk for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. (Source)
Now, I have an inkling to disagree. When I was very young, I loved running and riding my bike and simply being mobile. (Cars ruined everything for me.) Several times I read or heard from people I knew that running would be bad for me.
It was. Because of running in my “growing years,” I developed a nasty little pop in my left hip. While it usually doesn’t hurt, a particularly big one can pinch a few nerves and send irritating little tingles up and down my leg.
I could be crazy, of course, that is very likely. However, the pop is there, and it’s annoying. If running now will prevent it from getting worse… well, then, I would just have to be proved wrong.
Reason #5: Less stress! Hallelujah!
Have you ever seen What Women Want, with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt? They wanted to sign NIKE to their advertising agency. Do you remember the commercial they “created?” A woman doesn’t need to dress up for the road. A woman doesn’t have to impress the road.
Just her and the road, and she can work out all her problems on the pavement. I think avid workout enthusiasts will say the same. (Source)
Reason #6: Running can prevent disease.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer, including colon, breast, endometrial and lung cancers. Becoming a regular runner may help you cancer-proof your life. (Source)
In addition, running can battle heart disease, stroke and diabetes, lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol and boost immunity. AND it can prevent vision loss. (I need to vision loss prevention; I’m going blind over here!)
With all those disease-prevention benefits, it stands to reason that if you’re a runner, you’ll live longer.
I want to live longer.
If I didn’t have to wear shorts… I’d be a runner. Perhaps I need to invest in some of those “capri” pants.
Second Insanity Fit Test 2 today. I do not expect to do well. :(
Last week, I was very stressed, so much so that I didn’t want to eat, which is weird because I always want to eat.
Well, when I let go of the stress and resolved some issues, I stuffed my face I was so happy.
Last week, from Monday to Friday, I lost four and a half pounds. Not good. On Sunday, I weighed myself again and had gained it all back.
My WEIGHT DROP! blog now needs to be changed from four pounds to three pounds. Boo.
I supposed I’ve been slacking in my workouts, and then trying to make up for the slack with extreme cleaning of my house. (I moved the microwave f0lks.)
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned sweat session, though. And I’m about to hit it.
Wish me luck!
Favorite sports bra: NONE! I hate them all. (P.S. If you’ve got suggestions for big-chested ladies, I’m all ears.)
Favorite running shorts: I haven’t found the perfect pair yet, but I like Danskin products.
What do you like most about running?
I’ll tell you when I try again!